Fantastic Four #1 Review
Marvel’s Original Team Returns to Bookshelves with Fantastic Four #1
After a three-year hiatus, Marvel’s oldest team of superheroes returns with Fantastic Four #1. Spearheaded by writer Dan Slott, the series returns after an odd exile from the Marvel Comics lineup.
In 2015, then Fantastic Four writer James Robinson announced that the series would be concluded with issue #645. Fans were unsurprisingly stunned that Marvel would cancel the iconic series, leading many to believe the cancelation was a weapon used by the company against 20th Century Fox, who released their last adaption of the Fantastic Four movie. Others believed it was a gimmick that would see the team return a few months later with a #1 issue, accompanied by a few dozen variants as a cash grab. Three years later, the team has returned.
Since their hiatus, the Richards family took off to tour the multiverse, Thing became a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy, Human Torch has bounced between teams based on who he was dating that month, first as a member of the Uncanny Avengers while dating the team leader Rogue and then joined the Inhumans with his former girlfriend’s sister, Medusa.
Fantastic Four #1 primarily follows Thing and Human Torch as they continue to come to grips with the thought that their former teammates aren’t returning anytime soon … unless …
Doctor Doom also gets his own nine-page storyline as the people of Latveria beg for him become their savior.
There’s also a one-page Skottie Young – Impossible Man funny-page, that’s not worth your time.
Overall, Fantastic Four #1 fits the cookie-cutter mold of most of Marvel’s recent #1 issues: A look at the modern-day players, a few flashbacks, ending with a buildup at the end of the story, and then followed by a second story of the other key players (Dr. Doom). This is Marvel’s format of jampacking 2-3 pages worth of information into a 24-page issue. But that doesn’t mean the future of the series is bleak. It just means that Marvel knows stores will sellout of a relevant #1 issue regardless of its content, so they save their best writing for the follow-up issues. Dan Slott is the perfect writer to take over the series lead and Sara Pichelli is one of Marvel’s better artists. I have few doubts that Fantastic Four fans will enjoy the series going forward.